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Betting news, trends, odds and predictions from various handicappers and websites for Saturday 5/25/19
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Toronto won/covered last three series games, after falling behind 2-0 in series; they can move on to NBA Finals for first time with win here. VanVleet scored 21 points in 37:00 off bench in last game; Raptors were +28 with VanVleet on the floor, -22 when he was off floor. Bucks had won six games in a row before losing last three games; they won/covered three of last five visits to Canada, but their bench was -54 in the Game 5 loss. Three of last four series games went over total. Toronto was 18-43 on arc in Game 5, only 13-41 inside the arc.
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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors Preview and Predictions 05-25-2019 in NBA

The Toronto Raptors look to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history when they host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The Raptors have won the past three contests, including a 105-99 road win on Thursday that enabled them to take a 3-2 series lead.

Star small forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 35 points for his fourth 30-point outing of the series and has provided Toronto with the big-time performances the club was looking for when it acquired him from the San Antonio Spurs. "I'm not afraid of the moment," Leonard told reporters afterward. "This is what I work out for in the summer. I'm just trying to win. It's a matter of me being aggressive and don't shy away from anything." Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points in the untimely defeat but he was adamant that his team will still win the series. "We're not going to fold," Antetokounmpo said afterward. "Come on, man. Best team in the league, man. We're not going to fold. We're going to go in and give it everything we've got. We can't fold. We're going to come back to Milwaukee."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, Sportsnet One (Toronto)

ABOUT THE BUCKS: Milwaukee won a league-best 60 games in the regular season, which is why Antetokounmpo and others are bullish that the club's resiliency will ensure that a fourth loss doesn't occur. "I mean, if we don't have it now, our season is done," guard Malcolm Brogdon told reporters. "We've been resilient all year, and we're going to rely on each other and lean on each other as we've done all year, and go out and compete as hard as we can." Brogdon had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Game 5 while point guard Eric Bledsoe scored a series-best 20.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Backup point guard Fred VanVleet scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in the Game 5 victory and is 10-for-12 from long range over the last two games after being 2-for-11 over the first three games. "Feels like I'm getting more better looks, more open looks, and as you make them, your teammates start to look for you more and more and the game kind of opens up all at once," VanVleet said after Game 5. "Just staying confident, staying in there ready to knock them down when I get the opportunity, and just staying locked in." Starting point guard Kyle Lowry was just 4-of-11 shooting but scored 17 points and is averaging 19.6 in the series.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Leonard made five 3-pointers in Game 5 for the third time this postseason.

2. Milwaukee SF Khris Middleton had just six points on 2-of-9 shooting in Game 5 after scoring 30 on 11-of-15 shooting in Game 4.

3. Toronto PF Pascal Siakam had his second double-double of the series in Game 5 (14 points, 13 rebounds) and is averaging 13.8 points and seven boards.

PREDICTION: Bucks 115, Raptors 109
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Golden State is waiting in the wings to see where it is traveling for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. We were destined for a Warriors/Bucks NBA Finals after Milwaukee grabbed the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto. However, the Raptors have rebounded to not only climb back into the series, but sit one victory away from their first ever Eastern Conference championship.

After the Bucks captured the first two games at Fiserv Forum, the Raptors needed to stave off Milwaukee in double-overtime of Game 3 just to avoid a 3-0 hole. Following an 18-point rout in Game 4 to even up the series, all of the sudden the Eastern Conference Finals turned into a best-of-three series for the right to end Golden State’s championship run.

Entering Thursday’s contest back in Milwaukee, the last 10 teams tied at 2-2 in the playoffs heading home won 10 consecutive Game 5’s, including a 5-0 mark in 2019. Milwaukee jumped out to a commanding 18-4 advantage in Game 5, as the Bucks have not lost three straight games all season. However, the Raptors rallied back to grab a 38-34 lead in the second quarter before Milwaukee settled for a 49-46 halftime edge.

Milwaukee built a 10-point third quarter lead, but Toronto sliced the deficit to 75-72 heading into the final 12 minutes. The Raptors ripped off 10 consecutive points after trailing 81-79, including eight points from star forward Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 35 points. Toronto held off Milwaukee, 105-99 to hold the Bucks below 100 points for the first time in the series, while the Raptors cashed as 7 ½-point underdogs.

The question after Game 2 was can Leonard’s teammates step up and help carry the scoring load. In Game 4, guard Kyle Lowry responded with 25 points, while Norman Powell (18) and Serge Ibaka (17) each contributed solid numbers off the bench. Another efficient game was put up by Fred VanVleet, who knocked down a trio of three-pointers for 13 points in Game 4, but the former Wichita State standout outdid himself with a 21-point performance in Game 5, including hitting seven shots from downtown.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has put a rough Game 3 (12 points on 5-of-16 shooting) behind him with 24 points in Game 4 and 25 points in Game 5. But, Antetokounmpo failed to reach double-digit rebounds for the first time in the series by grabbing only eight boards in Game 5. Khris Middleton struggled from the floor for the Bucks with only six points on 2-of-9 shooting after posting 30 points in Game 4.

Milwaukee hoisted plenty of three-point attempts in the first two wins (44 in Game 1, 41 in Game 2), but those numbers have dropped recently. The Bucks put up 44 attempts in the Game 3 double-overtime loss, as 40 of those shots came in regulation, while Mike Budenholzer’s team tried 35 three-pointers in Game 4 and 31 in Game 5. The 10 makes in Game 5 were the fewest in the series for Milwaukee, who hit at least 15 three-pointers in three of the four wins in the Boston series.

After watching the ‘over’ cash in three of the first four games in this series, the ‘under’ connected easily in Game 5 as the pair combined for 204 points, which was the lowest production between them through five contests. The total for Game 6 opened as high as 214 on Thursday and the number has dropped to as low as 211 ½ as of Friday.

Chris David offered up his thoughts on Saturday’s total.

He explained, “The ‘total’ pendulum continues to swing back and forth in this series and bettors have already shown their hand for Saturday with a barrage of ‘under’ wagers. Based on what we’ve seen recently from Milwaukee’s offense in this series, you can certainly see why bettors are buying the low side. The Bucks are shooting 42.8 percent from the field and only 30.3 percent from the 3-point land against the Raptors, both well below their season averages (47.3%, 35%). Another factor that played into Game 5’s loss was the free throw battle. Toronto took 31 attempts and made 25, while Milwaukee only earned 18 trips to the stripe and it connected on 13. The Bucks have feasted at the free throw line this season, averaging 23.9 attempts and the number was a tad higher on the road (24.2). If Milwaukee isn’t connecting from distance and it’s not earning freebies, then another Toronto-Under ticket seems likely.”

Even though we’ve seen some solid trends come to an end in this year’s playoffs, like the Bucks incredible record off losses, David believes there are two angles that could have you riding Milwaukee’s offense on Saturday and possibly the ‘over’ in Game 6 too.

“Thursday's 99-point effort in Game 5 was just the seventh time this season that Milwaukee was held under 100 points. Not surprisingly, they went 1-6 in those games and that includes their Game 1 loss (112-90) to Boston in the second round. In the seven games following the low production, the Bucks averaged 116.8 PPG but that number was assisted with a 140-point effort. Defensively, they were more impressive during this span as they only surrendered 104.2 PPG in the same seven games. This Bucks squad can drop crooked numbers on anybody and catching a Team Total of 105 ½ makes me want to go ‘over’ in this elimination spot,” he said.

David added, “As I mentioned before, trends aren’t always your friends but it should be noted that we’ve had five Game 6’s in this year’s playoffs. We saw an average combined score of 226.6 in those games, which helped the ‘over’ easily go 5-0.”

NBA expert Tony Mejia checks in on what has changed for Toronto, “The Raptors have seen their bench go from struggling as the weak link in the 76ers series through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals to being the reason for their resurgence. With VanVleet and Powell finding the range and Ibaka providing steady play on both ends behind Marc Gasol, head coach Nick Nurse’s rotation has found the right balance and actually swung Game 5 after the starters got off to a slow start.”

“Although all looks lost after their first three-game losing streak of 2019, it’s worth pointing out that the Bucks matched the Warriors with the league’s top road record and dominated games in Detroit and Boston in previous rounds. I expect the team that showed up and fought until double-overtime in Game 3 to show up instead of the overwhelmed version that last took the floor there on Tuesday. Surviving the first quarter will be essential, but I think the Bucks will win the third quarter and would look into a wager on that, likely getting a half-point. I believe we’ll get a game that will come down to the final minutes,” Mejia notes.

The last time the Bucks posted four consecutive non-covers came in late November, as each ATS loss came in the favorite role. Milwaukee has compiled an 8-2 ATS record as a road underdog this season, including a 2-1 ATS mark in the postseason with the lone loss coming in Game 3 to Toronto. Saturday marks the first time in Raptors’ franchise history that they can close out a playoff series in Game 6 at home.
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NBA Betting News, Match-Ups and Trends For Saturday 5/25/19 3 weeks 3 days ago #506460

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Dunkel

Saturday, May 25


Milwaukee @ Toronto

Game 511-512
May 25, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Milwaukee
130.466
Toronto
127.388
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Milwaukee
by 3
219
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Toronto
by 2 1/2
213
Dunkel Pick:
Milwaukee
(+2 1/2); Over
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Saturday, May 25


MILWAUKEE (70 - 26) at TORONTO (69 - 30) - 5/25/2019, 8:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 159-201 ATS (-62.1 Units) on Saturday games since 1996.
MILWAUKEE is 57-36 ATS (+17.4 Units) in all games this season.
MILWAUKEE is 28-17 ATS (+9.3 Units) in road games this season.
MILWAUKEE is 144-106 ATS (+27.4 Units) in road games against Atlantic division opponents since 1996.
MILWAUKEE is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite this season.
MILWAUKEE is 151-112 ATS (+27.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1996.
MILWAUKEE is 26-17 ATS (+7.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
MILWAUKEE is 47-31 ATS (+12.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game this season.
MILWAUKEE is 29-20 ATS (+7.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
MILWAUKEE is 46-29 ATS (+14.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game this season.
MILWAUKEE is 27-18 ATS (+7.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
TORONTO is 214-269 ATS (-81.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 11-11 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
TORONTO is 13-9 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
11 of 22 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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Saturday, May 25

Trend Report

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Milwaukee is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Milwaukee's last 21 games
Milwaukee is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Milwaukee is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 12 games when playing Toronto
Milwaukee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Milwaukee is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto Raptors
Toronto is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Toronto's last 18 games
Toronto is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Toronto is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games when playing Milwaukee
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Toronto is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
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